Cats and dogs are just as susceptible to teeth problems as humans, and problems with teeth can lead to other health issues. Luckily, you can prevent toothaches and tartar.
Some of the most common warning signs for tooth and gum problems include:
- Bad breath
- Sensitive mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Deposits on the teeth
- Inflamed, bleeding, or withdrawn gums
- Loose teeth
- Missing teeth
- Pawing at the mouth
- Problems chewing
You can teach your dog or cat to let your brush its teeth at any age, but it will be easier the earlier you start. Always give plenty of praise and rewards.
Start by wrapping some gauze around your finger and rub your pet’s teeth with this. This will help your pet get used to the brushing process.
Show your pet a dog or cat toothbrush and let them get used to the brush. There are specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste – don’t use human toothpaste.
Focus on the gumline, and make a routine of brushing at least a few times per week. Every day is the best.